- I've been through a major earthquake (Sylmar -1971) though we were far enough from the epicenter that it didn't do any damage to our home. And that was scary enough. I can't imagine what it's like for everything "solid" around you to be jumping about.
- OTOH, I like earthquakes better than tornadoes or hurricanes. All three of them cause havoc & destruction, but earthquakes just happen. With hurricanes & tornadoes, you get the "added bonus" of dread... knowing something bad MAY be coming your way and all you can do is hunker down & ride it out.
- In the light of Katrina (and the flooding of 80% of New Orleans), it's a bit freaky to read about a massive disaster 100 years ago that occurred just a few hours down the road. It's the same feeling I got last week watching the pictures of the tornado rolling through the north edge of Nashville, TN - my old stomping grounds. It breaks through the artificial distance that disaster films & too many local newscasts create... something like that could happen here. (And if "unsettling" is something you like from your non-fiction reading, here's two good books:
So, to summarize a bit:
- I'm glad I live in California... and I'm glad I don't live in the Bay Area.
- I need to ask myself about what part of my life is built on "made land"... where am I putting my trust in stuff I've thrown together rather than in God?
- I need to look up and realize the ripple effect of my sin. The stuff I do wrong hurts more than just me.
This article originally appeared in the 4/20/06 issue of the Grapevine, the newsletter of NewLife Community Church.